Canlyniadau 61–80 o 7944 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Smith of Basildon

List of Ministers’ Interests and Ministerial Code - Commons Urgent Question (25 Ebr 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, for the avoidance of doubt for the Minister, the Question is in two parts, about first the ministerial register of interests, and secondly the Ministerial Code, and my question is specifically about the Ministerial Code. She will know that finally the Prime Minister has appointed an ethics adviser. Officially the adviser’s title is “the independent adviser on ministerial...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, it is clear from the questions and answers today that this House is committed to the United Kingdom, with Scotland remaining a central part of it. May I bring the Minister back to the answer that he gave to my noble friend Lord Foulkes? The Minister was clear about how important the two issues of gender reform and container recycling were to the integrity of the UK. However, when he...

Scottish Government: Ultra Vires Expenditure - Question ( 9 Maw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his thoughtful answers. I take issue with one, however. He described my noble friend Lord Foulkes as “dogmatic”, but we on this side regard him as a cuddly pragmatist. May I take the Minister back to my noble friend’s question? He said in response that the Government will monitor legislation—he later mentioned the GRA and the bottle deposit...

WhatsApp: Ministerial Communications - Question ( 8 Maw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, many of us recall the TV series and the films “Mission: Impossible”, where a confidential message from the Government would self-destruct in about 30 seconds. I think some Ministers probably did not realise that was fiction and not what happens in real life. We understand the difference between personal messages between Ministers and civil servants and those that relate to...

Civil Service Impartiality - Commons Urgent Question ( 7 Maw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, we have heard a lot of nonsense on this over the past few days. Over many years, Sue Gray has been praised by Ministers from all parties for her abilities and her impartiality. She is not unique in being offered a political role on leaving the Civil Service. For example, noble Lords will recall that the noble Lord, Lord Frost, left the diplomatic service to be a political advisor...

Civil Service Impartiality - Commons Urgent Question ( 7 Maw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: We have had a lot of heckling—I think we are getting a bit bad-tempered in the Chamber these days. I am happy to repeat what I said, in case anyone missed it. It is not without precedent that a senior civil servant is offered a political role on leaving the Civil Service, but Sue Gray is certainly the first to be attacked in this way. She has had such a distinguished career, and I am...

Windsor Framework - Question ( 7 Maw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I welcome the fact that the DUP has set up a panel to look at the issues around the framework. I hope it will be looking at what it can deliver for Northern Ireland. I hope the Minister can confirm that the Government will fully co-operate with that process, working with the panel. I also say to your Lordships—this is a point that the Minister himself just made—that there is...

Northern Ireland Protocol - Statement (28 Chw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement—that was quite a feat of endurance. He should be grateful that we have a time limit today; the Prime Minister was on his feet for over two hours yesterday. I also thank the Minister for his comments about Betty Boothroyd—the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd. So many Members of this House will have memories of her that we cherish and...

Northern Ireland Protocol - Statement (28 Chw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: The noble Lord heckles me from a sedentary position. I suggest that he should apologise to those who have had to deal with these negotiations to change the protocol that he supported. Had he not—

Northern Ireland Protocol - Statement (28 Chw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: No, I am not giving way. I am not prepared to give way to the noble Lord who tried to heckle me from a sedentary position. He will have the opportunity to ask questions later. If he wants to heckle, he should understand that people respond to heckles like that. We just do not know—

Northern Ireland Protocol - Statement (28 Chw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: No, I am not giving way, and he should not heckle. He should behave in this House; he has been here long enough. How much sooner could this new framework have been agreed if the time and energy put into the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill had been put into negotiating the framework? The outline of a deal has been clear for months. Business organisations have been crying out for certainty for...

Georgia: Imprisonment of Mikhail Saakashvili - Question (27 Chw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, listening to the Minister, I think he is aware that there is a wider issue here which goes right to the heart of the democratic credibility of Georgia. My noble friend Lord Collins of Highbury previously raised the issue of LGBT people in Georgia, particularly after the very violent protests ahead of the Tbilisi Pride march. Most recently, the Minister—I think it was in...

Omagh Bombing - Statement ( 9 Chw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, throughout history there are incidents of such appalling horror that where we were when we heard the news remains embedded in our memories. Many in your Lordships’ House will have sharp and very painful memories of the Omagh bombing atrocity. On 15 August 1998, just months after the people of Northern Ireland supported the Good Friday/Belfast agreement with hope and optimism for...

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Supreme Court Judgment - Private Notice Question ( 9 Chw 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the Supreme Court judgment is welcome in that it provides legal certainty where there was uncertainty. The protocol negotiated by this Government—I see that the noble Lord, Lord Frost, who was responsible for it, is in his place—is by no means perfect. There are problems with it, which is why it is being renegotiated. I distinctly recall Ministers in your Lordships’ House...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 94 (31 Ion 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, having had a long debate, we are now moving at pace. These are interesting amendments. Just as the immunity debate went to the heart of the Bill, in many ways this one does as well. Although we have not seen victims mentioned much in the Bill, it is entitled the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill, and if victims are not at the heart of what we do here, it is...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 37 (31 Ion 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady O’Loan, for bringing forward these amendments, which I think are very helpful. However, she said earlier—the noble Lord, Lord Dodds, referenced it as well—that while many in your Lordships’ House, perhaps everyone, think that this Bill is not fit for purpose and should not be brought, there is an obligation on us to do what we can to improve...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (31 Ion 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: There is a big difference between starting from scratch and having something fully worked out. The Minister has heard the views from around this House. There is work to be done and we would like to do it.

Afghanistan: Women - Question (26 Ion 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this is the third time that we have discussed this issue in the last week, and I think that indicates how strongly your Lordships’ House feels about it. I take the opportunity to thank the Minister for his responses, which we broadly welcome; we are grateful that he is involved in this on behalf of the British Government. The Minister has spoken about engagement with Islamic...

Environmental Targets (Biodiversity) (England) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (25 Ion 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this has been a really interesting debate. I cannot help noticing the gender balance of speakers who have shown an interest in the environment this evening, so I forgive the Minister if he is slightly terrified by us all standing here tonight. We owe a debt of gratitude to the noble Baroness, Lady Young of Old Scone, for bringing this forward tonight because it has given us the...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 6 (24 Ion 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I was expecting the noble Lord, Lord Bew, to speak on this group of amendments.


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